I recently discovered how to be positive, I have always been positive on the outside but inside this little head of mine it could be nothing but negative, about myself and to myself.
I have been through a real journey in the last year where I literally have shifted this mindset to learn to love myself & fill my mind with positive thoughts.
Now this is a marathon not a sprint and it takes time to master and believe me its near on impossible to be positive 100% of the time but there are some tips I have mastered to help which I wanted to share with you.
On days when you feeling blue, read through them then write down 3 to 5 things you're grateful for this can be so hard when having a bad day but the impact is amazing. It forces you to focus on the positive not just the negative which then enables you to put the negative into context.
Another gapped habit is every night before falling asleep, write 5 positive things that happened to you today. It could be cuddles with your cat or even someone that smiled at you.
If everytime you come across a mirror the first thing that you see is your flaws, try to focus on part of your body you like and compliment yourself. if this is too hard the be grateful that you woke up well and healthy today and your body is about to take you through another day.
Then, if you like something about people around you, friends, family or stranger the you should tell them. It will make their day but also make you feel good for saying it.
Your body releases endorphins after a workout which basically means you feel happier.
If it is one of those days when you feel like everything is falling apart, take a moment for yourself and squeeze in a good workout.
It doesn't have to be long, it could be only 15 minutes ; just enough to clear your mind and make you feel powerful for the rest of the day. My favourite exercise on a crappy day is 20 min hiit or a half hour swim.
Meditation can be hard but my advice is to start with a 5 minute meditation. download headspace app and give it a go You should feel a little difference only one week after starting.
Remember you control your own thoughts, these things often require new habits which are hard to implement but trust me they can be a great start to creating a more positive environment for yourself and others around you.